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Release date: 24 September 2002
Style: Progressive rock

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01. Blackest Eyes
02. Trains
03. Lips Of Ashes
04. The Sound Of Muzak
05. Gravity Eyelids
06. Wedding Nails
07. Prodigal
08. .3
09. The Creator Has A Mastertape
10. Heartattack In A Layby
11. Strip The Soul
12. Collapse The Light Into Earth

[European Special Version bonus disc]
01. Drown With Me
02. Chloroform
03. Strip The Soul [video edit]

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Additional info
Lava/Atlantic Records - 83604-2

- European Special Edition: January 2003 (Lava Records 7567 93163-2)
- 2LP edition: March 2003 Lava / Atlantic Germany - 7567 93178-1
- DVD-A surround sound edition: March 2004 (Lava/DTS 69286-01111-9-6): DVD-audio disc containing three versions of the album : (1) A high resolution audio surround version for playing on dedicated DVD-A players, (2) A standard resolution surround version for any DVD player, (3) The original stereo mix. Also contains bonus material, including video, photo galleries and three additional tracks mixed for surround.

Guest review by
Mindheist

Rating:
9.4
The fact that Porcupine Tree caught my attention is that mainman Steven Wilson had helped Opeth on co-writing many songs on Damnation and Black Water Park, so I was sure I will not be deceived by this release "In Absentia," released in September 2002 via Lava/Atlantic Records. I was very excited to hear what an Opeth manager could offer and what "In Absentia" is all about.

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lord artan - 30.06.2012 at 11:20  
Rating: 10 Omg!!!!!!!!!this album is awesome.The Sound Of Muzak...Trains.best of progressive rock.
tea[m]ster - 30.06.2012 at 20:17  
Rating: 8
Written by lord artan on 30.06.2012 at 11:20

Omg!!!!!!!!!this album is awesome.The Sound Of Muzak...Trains.best of progressive rock.


Yea man, this band blows me away. So underrated here in the states. "Blackest Eyes" is soooo fucking good.
lord artan - 30.06.2012 at 23:23  
Rating: 10
Written by tea[m]ster on 30.06.2012 at 20:17

Written by lord artan on 30.06.2012 at 11:20

Omg!!!!!!!!!this album is awesome.The Sound Of Muzak...Trains.best of progressive rock.


Yea man, this band blows me away. So underrated here in the states. "Blackest Eyes" is soooo fucking good.

oh yes "Blackest Eyes" is awesome:thumbup:
Jaeryd17‍ - 23.02.2013 at 04:17  
Rating: 9
Written by lord artan on 30.06.2012 at 23:23

oh yes "Blackest Eyes" is awesome:thumbup:

The best songs on this album are Lips of Ashes, Gravity Eyelids, Wedding Nails, and Heartattack in a Lay By. The whole album is great, but those aforementioned tracks are some of the most fantastic songs created.
Azarath - 23.02.2013 at 19:28  
Rating: 8 I'm going to stick my neck out and say that this album is a minor disappointment. By focusing on a harder-edged sound the band has almost completely lost the hypnotic beauty of their earlier work. The sound and production is quite cold and colourless. Monochromatic, if you will.

That's not to say that there aren't some great songs here. The first four, for example. "Heartattack in a Layby" is heartbreaking and "Collapse the Light into Earth" is stunning. The rest tends to blend together most of the time. Maybe it's just me. Overall, I prefer Deadwing.
Bloodshotmage - 27.06.2013 at 01:32  
Rating: 9 This is one of my favorite Porcupine Tree albums for how varied it is. It does a great job of showcasing their hypnotic side as well as some of their heavier tendencies. The only downside would be that it doesn't go too far either way like some of their other work.
Dentura - 14.11.2013 at 21:55  
Rating: 9 I love this album, so many great songs to choose from. There's just so much to enjoy, from the anthemic "Trains", to the gut-wrenching "Collapse The Light Into Earth" to a particularly tasty bass line in "Strip The Soul" (which in itself is another kick-ass, harder edged song as well). I love the drum line in "The Creator Has A Mastertape" also. I could go on, but it would probably end up being an entire essay mentioning things I love about this release. Simply awesome...
BloodTears - 14.11.2013 at 21:59  
Rating: 10
Written by Dentura on 14.11.2013 at 21:55

I love this album, so many great songs to choose from. There's just so much to enjoy, from the anthemic "Trains", to the gut-wrenching "Collapse The Light Into Earth" to a particularly tasty bass line in "Strip The Soul" (which in itself is another kick-ass, harder edged song as well). I love the drum line in "The Creator Has A Mastertape" also. I could go on, but it would probably end up being an entire essay mentioning things I love about this release. Simply awesome...


You only forgot to mention that it deserves a 10 I'm kidding really. It's just that this is one of my all time favourite albums, hands down.
Dentura - 14.11.2013 at 22:01  
Rating: 9
Written by BloodTears on 14.11.2013 at 21:59

Written by Dentura on 14.11.2013 at 21:55

I love this album, so many great songs to choose from. There's just so much to enjoy, from the anthemic "Trains", to the gut-wrenching "Collapse The Light Into Earth" to a particularly tasty bass line in "Strip The Soul" (which in itself is another kick-ass, harder edged song as well). I love the drum line in "The Creator Has A Mastertape" also. I could go on, but it would probably end up being an entire essay mentioning things I love about this release. Simply awesome...


You only forgot to mention that it deserves a 10 I'm kidding really. It's just that this is one of my all time favourite albums, hands down.

The only reason I gave it a 9 is that I feel it sometimes drags a little in some parts, but that's just me personally, there's too much to love for me to really complain about . And I've reserved that honor for Fear of A Blank Planet anyway.
telephonebear - 20.08.2014 at 23:59  
Rating: 8 Trains and sound of muzak are obviously brilliant, but my favourite is probably .3

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